The Who

Who’s Next

Steven Wilson Remix
Remix released: 15 September, 2023
Record Label: Universal
Audio formats remixed by Steven Wilson:

About Who’s Next

My remix of what for many is the greatest rock album ever made (and who am I to disagree?), Who’s Next by The Who is released as part of a lavish box set by Universal on 15th September. The set is really a beautiful thing to behold, although I appreciate that some many have preferred a cheaper option in order to hear the remix (the Atmos mix will however also be available on streaming services). I made new stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes of 8 of the original 9 album tracks (the multitrack for Bargain was not available so appears as a Penteo upmix), as well as new stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes of 14 bonus tracks from the 1970-72 era, meaning there are a total of 22 tracks newly mixed from the multitracks. The stereo and 5.1 mixes are in 96/24, the Atmos mixes are at 48/24.

Taken as a whole the 11 disc super deluxe set features 155 tracks, of which 89 are previously unreleased and 57 feature fresh remixes. Highlights include Pete Townshend’s demos for Life House; The Who’s 1971 session recordings at the Record Plant in New York; sessions at Olympic Studios in southwest London from 1970-1972; and, for the first time, two newly mixed and complete 1971 concerts from London’s Young Vic Theatre and San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium.

The box set also contains a 100-page hardback book with a Townshend introduction and new sleeve notes by Who experts and compilers Andy Neil and Matt Kent. Also included is Life House – The Graphic Novel, a newly commissioned, 170-page hardback book overseen by Townshend that tells the story behind the project. Completing the set are a 20” x 30” poster of a Who gig in Sunderland, England, on 7th May, 1970; a 25.5” x 34.25” poster of a date at Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO on 10th December, 1971; a 20-page concert program from the Rainbow Theatre in London on 4th November, 1971; a 16-page program from the band’s October/November 1971 tour of the UK; a collectible four pin button set; and an 8” x 10” colour photo of The Who with printed autographs.